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Yards Saison - Yards Brewing Co.

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Yards SaisonYards Saison

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410 Ratings

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2001

Saisons were originally brewed to keep farmhands happy and hydrated during the warm summer months. True to the style, Yards’ Saison is a semi-unfiltered Belgian style ale brewed with distinctive Belgian yeast. It’s delicate and fruity with a subtle spiciness. Styrian Goldings in the kettle lend a touch of hop to the palate, balancing out this highly drinkable version of the classic style.
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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours with one quarter inch of foamy, white head that disappears after 30 seconds. The body is a very pale, straw yellow with a large amount of yeast haze. A decent amount of carbonation is shown.

This saison is not very saison-like on the nose. Smells are meager with a light, nutty smell from the yeast. There is a light backing of lemon zest with a faint hop spice.

The flavors start with a light cinammon spice backed by a large lemon taste. There are some floral-esque flavors providing some faint fruit flavors. The malt representation here just plain sucks. Did they use rice in this? Yeast is only moderately present in the flavors by a weak peanut flavor.

Mouthfeel is very watery and dry. Saisons aren't viscous by nature but there is typically some body from the yeast. I can see the yeast. What happened to it?

This brew goes down easily but is not very exciting. This completely misses the style. A bad offering from a good brewery.

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look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted this on two separate occasions, just to make sure I didn't get a bad bottle the first time.

Appearance- after holding a clumpy head for about a minute in my Tripel Karmeliet goblet, it quickly vanishes to nothing. The carbonation is awkward and sporadic, not at all attractive, and the color is a dirty yellow-gold.

Smell- vague fruit, a bit dry.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability- even with a fresh palate, I struggle to pull together cohesive tastes. The vapid, watery consistency is very detracting, and the beer went completely flat in the ten minutes I was reviewing this. Down the sink it went.... on both occasions.

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was really expecting a bunch from this one. But, I was let down; no let me say, maybe it was a bad bottle or two, but still, here goes;

It came out ok;looked like a golden pilsner, not a saison.

The smell is grapefruit and cat pee stained rug.

The initial taste is IPA bitter, I tried to find coriander- definitely citrus. The finish is bitter wheat. This did not improve, infact, the twangy stink got more prevalent as the beer went down.

I am glad people are making saisons, but I'd rather have a bud light than this.

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12 oz. supposedly bottle conditioned brew.

Pale yellow with little to no life in it. Patchy head that died quickly with no lace. Some lemon on the nose and some yeasty background. Weak pale malt flavor with some yeast tossed in. Nothing overly saison about it. Very faint orange peel at best.
Watery and clean on the finish.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow with some of the sediment poured in. Tons of bubble action surfacing in the middle, with bubbles on the side of the glass slowly coming up. Almost look 3-D in a way, and it's very nice. Head's still sticking around, with the lacing pretty thick, too.

Smell: Yeasty aromas at first, with some lemongrass, lemon zest, and hints of sweet malt on top. Some hop bitterness comes to the forefront with a deep inhalation. Some slight orange peel, peppery spice, and coriander at the end. The potential is there, but it doesn't come through like it should, as it's very unbalanced.

Taste: Initially it seems like it's going to be very dry, and then becomes very dry, very quickly, which seems to be masking most of the flavor that should be present and huge. Eesh, way too bitter, by the hops I suppose? It's almost harsh on the palate unfortunately. Aftertaste is too dry, very astringent, and draws on some faint lemon along with mostly harsh hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation with kind of a light body. Not pleasant at all.

Drinkability: Rarely do I pour out a beer, but I may in fact do that now, though I hate to waste it. I'm waiting for Yards to impress me, and this certainly hasn't made a case. Too dry, unbalanced, and astringent.

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